Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Abstract

  • Dancing to music is a human universal that relies on beat perception.
  • Listeners may infer the “tempo” or speed of music from:
    • the time interval between beats;
    • the density of events;
    • higher-level features of musical temporal organization (the meter).
  • The “Gabbling Foreigner Illusion” is the observation that listeners perceive unfamiliar languages as being faster than familiar ones.
  • Even when music is the same speed, listeners tap faster to unfamiliar music.
  • Does culture background impact how we perceive musical tempo?

Keywords

Culture; Linguistics; Music--Psychological aspects; Musical perception

Disciplines

Cognition and Perception | Linguistics | Music

Language

English


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